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Friday, January 6,2012

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
Beef and cattle prices increased to new record levels in 2011 and are expected to push even higher in 2012. Several years of declining cattle inventories culminated in late 2011 with a projected 3 percent decrease in slaughter that combined with lighter carcass weights to result in 3.

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Friday, January 6,2012

LETTERS

by WLJ
Many of us must have wells to provide water all or part of the year. The roads with so much traffic, the dust, the noise, the allnight noise and light and the vapors from tanks and pits keep parts of your property unusable far beyond the space fenced for drilling.

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Friday, December 30,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Coming into a new year is always filled with optimism for a better year for many reasons. When it comes to Ag commodities, it would be hard to think of prices getting any higher.

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Friday, December 16,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
ThUnited Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report suggesting that meat consumption is expected to increase 73 percent by 2050, just 38 years away. I guess we better get busy building our cow herds; if those numbers are right, we’ve.

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Friday, December 9,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It looks like we may have popped the holiday beef bubble this last week. Cattle markets were roaring hot two weeks ago when fed cattle traded as high as $128 live and $208 dressed. Now, the buying interest is about $3-5 lower for last week. Cattle feeders certainly had to do well on those transactions.

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Friday, December 2,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There are lots of options in today’s meat-consuming world and Whole Foods has worked hard to provide unique meat products for their customers. The store is very proud of their products, but not everyone can afford to shop there. They have just over 300 stores nationwide and have obviously done their demographic homework.

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Friday, November 25,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The cattle industry has been wasting a lot of time, cash and political resources on several industry issues that are just unnecessary. I would hate to think just how many resources have been spent by the various Ag associations battling over the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers.

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Friday, November 18,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The beef cutout has been awful strong for quite some time and these markets just seem to get a little higher all the time. Who would have ever thought that the cattle industry would be selling fed steers and heifers for $125 and having a hard time making it work?.

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Friday, November 11,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
GIPSA will still have to craft rules regarding the definitions of unfair practices, undue preference and unlawful discrimination to satisfy the farm bill language. This will come at a later date. If that portion of the farm bill language isn’t satisfied, US- DA could be open to lawsuits from activist groups.

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Friday, November 4,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
This Choice/Select spread has been an interesting market segment to watch the past few weeks. For quite some time, the value difference between Choice and Select cattle wasn’t much of an issue, it seemed like $2-5was the norm, with an occasional spike over $10.

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